Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Skyy vodka

As an alternative to champagne tonight? This is one of the most in-your-face advertisements I have seen. Even aside from the glaringly obvious sexual connections of this image, the colour scheme is striking to say the least. Whether it really sold more vodka is something else though. First seen here.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Mustard and ketchup hat

This is just one of the food hat creations by Phil Ferguson. Others were inspired by sushi, hot dogs, pizza, donuts, and so on. And all would make the wearer look equally ridiculous. First seen here.

Monday, 29 December 2014

Cruise Missiles

The painting itself has been a favourite since my childhood - I had a reproduction of this Constable hanging in my room as a teenager. The conversion of the hayswain to a cruise missiles launcher is fun - encountered in a YouTube video of the Fischer Z song of that name. First seen here.

Sunday, 28 December 2014

The Euro bridges

When Austrian designer Robert Kalina came up with the design for Euro banknotes in 2002, he deliberately created fictional bridges that represent European architecture in general. Dutch architect Stam has now created each of these stylized bridges for real, in the community of Spijkenisse. Beautiful? No, but amazing yes. First seen here.

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Koalaaaaaaaargh

Koala bears are uber-cute, right? Wrong. After a rain storm they are considerably less endearing... I created this animated gif myself from pictures found at the AcidCow site. First seen here.

Friday, 26 December 2014

Moon lamp

Amazing, although perhaps not that practical. This beautiful full moon LED lamp, designed by Japanese company Nosigner, is even topographically accurate. First seen here.

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Chesterfields for Christmas

For the occasion, a Christmas ad from the late fifties/early sixties (I guess). In hindsight, this is so weird to see the future president of the USA recommending to reduce the life expectancy of all your friends by about 10 years as a Christmas gift. First seen here.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Christmas suits

Dear Santa, my eyes! These Christmas suits with matching ties [designed by Shiniest] are actually for sale... First seen here.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Christmas trees

A list of some of the weirdest christmas trees around, including the depcited one from Japan, made of sushi. First seen here.

Monday, 22 December 2014

Let it snow

Continuing the winter/Christmas theme. This gem is taken from a collection of beautiful macro's of snowflakes by Alexey Kljatov. First seen here.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Downhill

Another wonderful scenerey created with food and a little plastic figurine, this time by Christopher Boffoli. First seen here.

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Scorpion chair

A chair in the shape of a scorpion sounds like a shoe-in for the Mixed Nuts category, but the design by Vyacheslav Pahomov is so good that I had to put it under Special Designs. First seen here.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Star Wars T-shirts

A great collection of funny Star Wars T-shirts "that even Darth Vader would laugh at". First seen here.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Paintbrush art

A different way to create art with a paintbrush: San Francisco-based artist Rebecca Szeto carves the ends of used paintbrushes into figures of ladies, with the colourful brush hairs becoming their gowns. First seen here.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Space art of the fifties

If you like these kinds of illustrations (like me), please click the link and enjoy more of this at the Dark Roasted Blend post. Awesome. First seen here.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Lego birds

Tom Poulsom from Bristol uses Lego plastic building blocks the way I used it as a kid: to construct his own fantasies rather than following a prescription. He specializes in constructing beautiful little bird sculptures this way. Ironically, so many people liked these creations that Lego has now decided to mass-produce three of them. First seen here.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Skate board sculptures

Japanese artist Haroshi creates his sculptures out of a large number of old, broken, or abandoned skateboards. As usual in cases such as this, just falling on the Potpourri side of the fence rather than Art for Art's sake material. First seen here.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Shelter

This young orangutan sheltering from the rain is one of the cutest photographs I have seen for quite a while. For more information see the link. First seen here.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Deadlock

Pictures like this make me glad that my commute nowadays is going down the stairs to our gallery. I wonder how they ever resolved this one. First seen here.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Needle in a haystack

Italian performance artist Sven Sachsalber has spent two whole days looking for a needle in a haystack at Palais de Tokyo, a contemporary art gallery in Paris. There is a reason why this is under Mixed Nuts and not Remarkable Art. First seen here.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Upkeep

Another plastic people gem by Audrey Heller, a relatively new name in the growing legion of artists who use small plastic figurines in real world settings. First seen here.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Nose art by Annneke Helleman

Nose art originally referred to the WW2 practice in the USA airforce to paint pin-up style pictures on the noses of thee airplanes. Since then it has been extended to jackets, wallets, and so on. Our neighbour Anneke Helleman, a self-taught artist, excels in this art form, and her creations have become very popular. First seen here.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Excellent!

The TLL (Totally Looks Like) site has featured before in my blog, but this one is so fitting that I had to show it. First seen here.

Monday, 8 December 2014

UNT mug

This mug of the University of North Texas is quite OK at first sight. Until you turn it in this angle, and you see why it is in the mixed nuts category. First seen here.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

House mosaic

Hugh Laurie's Doctor House is one of the icons of our time, and this is the most fascinating portrait I have seen of him. It was created from countless pictures of medical items by Charis Tsevis, an award-wining visual designer and illustrator from Athens, Greece. Check out the link to see more of his work, including a Steve Jobs mosaic based on Apple products. First seen here.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Hollywood, Senegal

This image comes from an interesting project by Senegal-based photographers Omar Victor Diop and Antoine Tempe. They have re-shot famous Hollywood scenes with Senegalese actors. Funny how an iconic image like the one above (original: Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's) is immediately recognizable even with a model of different race, and wwith the famous black dress replaced by a white version. First seen here.

Friday, 5 December 2014

The street bar

Somewhere in France this fun piece of street art by an artist called CLET was photographed. The "Do Not Enter" sign has been transformed into a bar setting with two clients and a bartender. First seen here.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Mirroring

The cover of the 2014 debut album Mirroring by progressive grunge band Echo Tail is really awful. Photoshop at its worst. First seen here.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Speeding ticket

A new addition to the growing list of photographers who like to be creative with little plastic figurines: Jean-Joseph Renucci. His combination of a plastic policeman and real-life snail made me smile. First seen here.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Origami bird lamp

This beautiful lamp made out of paper by London based designer Umut Yamac looks like a bird on a metal perch. First seen here.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Five years of Art's Potpourri

This blog started exactly five years ago (the archives suggest otherwise, but that is because I made a fresh start just over 2 years ago). Image created with Photofunia.